This is a difficult one to review, I've noticed one other reviewer mentions this is a Classic War film! to my mind a classic war film would be "the Great Escape, Bridge on the River Kwai, etc. This film is (or should be) a classic, it is about the war, but it is so much more than just a war film.
The story itself centers on a Jewish Doctor, Artur Planck (Joseph Fiennes)and His family who in an attempt to evade capture by the Germans flee Warsaw to the country where they are taken in by a local woman who has always had a "thing" for the good Doctor. This is where the main story sits, will this woman manipulate the situation to her advantage, will she hand them over to the Germans, will she simply throw them out?
And this is my problem with this film, if you are expecting real action, fighting in the streets, Messerschmitts flying overhead etc, then you will be dissapointed. Don't get me wrong the fact that the Germans rarely appear gives this film a real sense of the Unseen enemy and some great acting only adds to this but to my mind this is not what you would call a standard WAR Film and I don't think it's what this film is really about. It is, to my mind, the incredibly moving tale of a middle class Jewish family trying to survive in atrocious conditions and in this it succeeds on every level and scores 5 stars all round.
So if you are looking for a real action war film, maybe Enemy at the Gates would suite you more, but if you are interested in a very Human story, beautifully shot, incredibly moving and wonderfully acted (maybe even a love story set during the war), then this is a film well worth watching. You may find some scenes difficult to view and a few tears may be shed, but in my humble opinion this is a story that deserves our tears.